Yeah agree with you, even I prefer toll roads.
But on the way to Ahmedabad I enjoyed this route.
Anyways we have tolls almost till Nanded ( except the stretch between Nizamabad to Narsi) Nanded to idAurangabad road is in good condition, Aurangabad to Surat road is in super good condition, with very less traffic and soon after you cross Aurangabad the road is scenic and you can even cover Grushneshwar jyothirling darshan which is just on the way.
From Surat anyways it's toll again. As I take this route regularly till Parbhani so I am
more Inclined towards this road [emoji16]. I didn't pay toll in MH at all, only toll in TS and Gujrat.
While my return journey I took Ahmedabad-Thane-Pune-Solapur-Hyd and got stuck at outskirts of Thane for couple of hours due to some traffic issues and some bridge work, wasted good amount of time in Thane and pune traffic to cross the cities, I was frustrated while driving on solapur- hyd stretch. Thought much on 230rs toll from Thane to Pune express way - did it justified, I don't think so.. the stretch was hardly 70 to 80kms.
We have experienced Hyderabad ORR, so any roads in comparison cannot be justified, not even the vadodara- Ahmedabad express was or Thane -Pune express way[emoji16]